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Handing over the reins - Mad Horse changes riders

As longtime Mad Horse Theater Company artistic director Andy Sokoloff leaves the company in pursuit of a new career, some longtime members are stepping in to take over.

Barb Truex, who has helped with Mad Horse for several years, will be the new executive director. Christine Louise Marshall, a veteran performer and costume designer for Mad Horse, will be the artistic director. Peter Brown, Portland Stage Company's production manager (and a PSC Affiliate Artist), who has been a Mad Horse member since 2005, will be the associate artistic director. (He was also named one of Portland's Most Influential People Under 35 in the Arts by the Portland Phoenix back in 2003.)

Also joining the company are six new members: Brent Askari, Burke Brimmer, Shannon Campbell, Elizabeth Chambers, Jennifer Halm-Perazone, and James Herrera.

Mad Horse took the opportunity to announce their new season, too, which will feature The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman, The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl, and The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer as featured productions, and for the late-night shows, A Life in the Theater by David Mamet and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley (plus one more TBD).

We spotted a few familiar faces in the crowd, too; in addition to those already named above, and a pile of cast members, supporters, and funders of Mad Horse, were the following: Ricky Boy Floyd (of the Horror and late of Granny's, now of MediaPower), Muriel Kenderdine (of Cast & Crew), Carolyn Gage (acclaimed playwright), Anita Stewart (PSC artistic director), Camilla Barrantes (PSC managing director), and Tony and Susan Reilly (of AIRE).

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